Vancouver, Canada – June 19, 2012 – Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK, TSX: EDR, Frankfurt: EJD) announces that it has acquired an option to purchase the Lourdes silver-gold property in the Sierra del Cubo area, located about 40 kilometers (km) northeast of Guanajuato City in Guanajuato State, Mexico. The property is readily accessed by paved state highways about a one hour drive from Guanajuato City, where Endeavour owns and operates its Guanajuato Mine.
The Lourdes property covers a silver-gold low sulfidation epithermal vein system more than 5 km long. The vein system includes three main veins, El Tigre, La Blanca and P131, and several secondary veins. Although Lourdes is considered to be an early stage exploration property, there are several small historic mines located on the property, which is comprised of 3 concessions totaling 509 hectares.
The main El Tigre vein is marked by strong argillic alteration of the Upper Tertiary rhyolite host rocks, and quartz veining up to 5 meters thick. The quartz is mainly chalcedonic, sericitic in places, with colloform banding and locally abundant calcite replacement textures.
While surface assays of the veins are generally low, Endeavour’s rock chip samples of the El Tigre and La Blanca veins assayed up to 1.9 grams per tonne (gpt) Au and 299 gpt Ag in places. The spotty high gold and silver grades, rhyolite host rocks and chalcedonic quartz veins all indicate that the Lourdes system is exposed at a high level and holds potential for bonanza grade mineralized zones at depth.
Endeavour plans to conduct systematic geologic mapping, sampling and trenching of the veins followed by diamond drilling to evaluate the ore potential of the Lourdes vein system. The Company has an option to purchase a 100% interest in the Lourdes property for US$350,000 over a 3-year period, subject to a 3% net smelter return (NSR) royalty of which 2% can be purchased at any time for US$2 million.
ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
/s/ “Bradford J. Cooke”
Chief Executive Officer
Qualified Person – Barry Devlin, M.Sc., P.Geo. Vice President, Exploration is the Qualified Person who reviewed this news release and supervised the sampling programs at Lourdes. A Quality Control sampling program of reference standards, blanks and duplicates was used to ensure the integrity of all assay results. All samples were shipped to ALS-Chemex Labs, where they were dried, crushed, split and 50 gram pulp samples were prepared for analysis. Gold and silver were determined by fire assay with an atomic absorption (AA) finish and other elements are determined by AA.
About Endeavour Silver Corp. – Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted seven consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour’s two operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour’s goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company.
Contact Information – For more information, please contact:
Hugh Clarke, Vice President, Corporate Communications, or Lana McCray, Investor Relations
Toll free at 877-685-9775, Tel: (604) 685-9775, Fax: (604) 685-9744
Email [email protected], or [email protected], Website, www.edrsilver.com.
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This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States private securities litigation reform act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward looking statements and information herein include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Endeavour’s anticipated performance in 2012, including revenue, cash cost and capital cost forecasts, silver and gold production, the option of the Lourdes property, timing and expenditures to explore and develop new silver mines and mineralized zones, silver and gold grades and recoveries, cash costs per ounce, capital expenditures and sustaining capital and the use of the Company’s working capital. The Company does not intend to, and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
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